TRAVEL CONTENT, CONCEPTS & CONSULTING BY MARK CHESNUT

As you might guess, I'm passionate about travel. I'm also passionate about providing travelers and travel advisors with news and travel tips to help them make informed decisions. And I'm passionate about helping travel industry clients engage with customers and build business.

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Review: Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Mexico City

Mexico City is home to countless hotels, but I’ve never stayed anywhere quite like Las Alcobas, a member of Marriott’s Luxury Collection set in the heart of the upscale city’s Polanco district. This 35-room property expertly combines upscale amenities and services with unique, locally inspired touches to create an especially welcoming guest experience. In addition, a recent renovation has refreshed the property with new bedding, carpets, window treatments and decor, as well as a new menu of cus

Where to Celebrate Carnival 2023 in Mexico

As public events continue to return to Mexico, one of the nation’s liveliest annual celebrations — Carnival — is promising to be especially big in 2023. Savvy travelers should start making plans now, as hotels will fill up quickly in the most popular destinations. An annual pre-Lenten Catholic celebration, Carnival is often celebrated in Mexico with parades, live musical performances, festivals and the crowning of a Carnival queen and king. The dates change every year; for 2023, it’s taking pla

A Mother & Son Bond Inspires the Love of Travel

Were you born to explore? Do you attribute curiosity to nature or nurture? Mark Chesnut‘s obsession with all things travel began at a very early age. But he was also blessed to have an inspiring role model. Mark has now been a travel journalist for more than 20 years and owns his travel “addiction” from the prologue of his recently published memoir, Prepare for Departure. The urge to explore has taken him all over the world; seen his words published in Fodor’s, HuffPost, the Miami Herald and P

Mexico’s Greatest Modern Architect? 3 Places to See the Work of Luis Barragán in Mexico City

One sunny day as I was wandering around Mexico City’s historic downtown, a Catholic nun — fully dressed in a formal habit — gave me her phone number. And she opened my eyes to a world that I’d never seen before in Mexico’s capital. No, this devout woman wasn’t being overly forward or betraying her faith by sharing her phone number with a random guy on the street. She was simply giving me the contact information for the convent where she lived, which just happens to have been created by the man

Review: Villa La Valencia Beach Resort & Spa Los Cabos

If a relaxing float down the longest lazy river in Los Cabos is your idea of paradise, then you’ll be in heaven at Villa La Valencia Beach Resort & Spa Los Cabos, a new luxury hotel that expertly blends style, service and gourmet cuisine in a beachfront setting. The pool area serves as the beautifully landscaped centerpiece for the entire property, which opened in February as the most upscale member of The Villa Group Beach Resorts & Spas’ portfolio. With multiple swimming pools (including a lo

Where and When to Go Whale Watching in the Caribbean

Winter and spring are peak travel seasons in the Caribbean — and not just because of the magnificent weather. When colder weather envelops the northern climes, hundreds of whales migrate to the destination’s warm waters to feed, mate and give birth. With a bit of planning, vacationers can arrange their Caribbean trips around seeing these magnificent mammals. "You won't be able to go whale watching just anywhere in the Caribbean, but there are plenty of places to choose from,” said Mathew Bowle

Where to Celebrate the Holidays in Mexico This Year

With the holiday season fast approaching, destinations around Mexico are gearing up for a variety of celebrations. From late November through Christmas, there are multiple ways to enjoy a festive seasonal getaway in Mexico this year. While the holiday isn’t officially celebrated in Mexico, Thanksgiving nevertheless provides an opportunity to spend some festive time in the sun. For an upscale Thanksgiving getaway, consider reserving a table at Zadun, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Los Cabos. The pro

Visiting Panama? Where to Eat, Where to Stay and What to Do

Since all pandemic-era restrictions and requirements for travel to Panama were lifted in September, the Central American nation is now welcoming vacationers with ease — and impressive new developments. I’d already visited Panama several times before the pandemic, but during my recent visit, my husband and I experienced several memorable examples of how the destination makes it easy to combine wildly contrasting types of travel in one vacation. From luxurious new hotels and airport facilities to

New Book Tour: Author Mark Chesnut in Rochester and Brockport, New York

How does it feel to go back to your hometown to promote a book that talks about what a misfit you were in that very town? What's it like to do a book tour as a first-time author? In this new book video, award-winning travel writer Mark Chesnut provides an insider's view of his book tour stop in Rochester, New York, and Brockport, New York. It was an action-packed and exciting trip. During the visit, Mark participated in two book club meetings (one in Canandaigua, one in Brockport), did an author interview live on TV (on "Good Day Rochester," the morning news show on FOX Rochester) and brought it home with an emotional homecoming to speak at a book launch reception at the Morgan-Manning House, a landmark Victorian-era mansion in Brockport that's the home of the Western Monroe Historical Society — where Mark's mother, Eunice Chesnut, served as historian for more than three decades. "Prepare for Departure" is a new memoir about a mother and son facing the final month's of the mother's life while they revisit their lives together. It's a coming-of-age story, a coming-out story and an end-of-life story, all wrapped into one. "Prepare for Departure" has been called both hilarious and heartbreaking. If you're looking for a heartfelt story about family relations and finding your own place in the world, this just might be your next great read. If you like David Sedaris, Michelle Zauner, Samantha Irby or Jenny Lawson, you won't be disappointed. The book is published by @Vine Leaves Press and can be purchased from all major online booksellers, including here: https://www.amazon.com/Prepare-Departure-inevitable-mortality-enduring/dp/1925965988/ #booklaunch #booklaunching #booktour #bookpromo #bookpromotion #newauthor #newauthors #newbookalert #gaybooks #memoir #memoirs #travelwriter #bookevent #authorlife #authortube #debutauthor #brockport #rochesterny #authorinterviews #booklover #bookreading #bookreadings

These Are the Best Hotel Pools in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

As the weather cools down in many parts of the U.S., the idea of basking in a warmer clime next to a shimmering hotel pool becomes more and more attractive. Fortunately, the Mexican Pacific coast destinations of Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit, with their wide variety of resort hotels and beautifully designed swimming pools, provide decidedly appealing options. Here are a few top options for water-based bliss at resorts on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Take a Dip: Best Hotel Pools in Ri

Celebrate who you are: Louisville Pride Center officially opens on National Coming Out Day

Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day and the recently opened Louisville Pride Center at 1244 South Third St. wants to use the day as a reminder to the community of its mission to value diversity, encourage inclusivity and support the LGBTQ+ community. "Our goal is to bridge the gaps between existing providers and organizations, and to provide support for new groups so that they

Must-Try Food Tours and Experiences in the Caribbean

Savoring new cuisine is one of the joys of travel, and in the Caribbean, travelers will find mouthwatering opportunities from both tour operators and hoteliers. In Nevis, visitors can sample traditional dishes when they explore with Nevis Sun Tours. The company’s Village Food Tour includes tastings and a tour of the picturesque town of Barnes Ghaut, while the Cooking With Ras Iroy tour features a visit to a Rastafarian farm to harvest ingredients to prepare in clay pots. In neighboring St. Kit

Caring For A Parent At The End Of Life: Mark Chesnut & "Prepare for Departure"

Mark Chesnut is a NYC-based journalist, editor, and public speaker. His book, Prepare for Departure, Notes on a single mother, a misfit son, inevitable mortality, and the enduring allure of frequent flyer miles, is about love and care and acceptance – not the infamous acceptance from the 5 stages of grief – but the acceptance that can happen between a mother and son when one of their lives is coming to an end. This episode travels to a lot of places, including: What Mark learned about grief fro

New Hotels in the Cayman Islands Offer Fresh Vacation Options

Travelers considering a Cayman Islands vacation will soon have a lot more choices when it comes to accommodations, as a variety of new hotels are slated to open on Grand Cayman. Each of the new resorts is positioned to appeal to different types of vacationers, making it even easier for travel advisors to match sun-seeking clients with a rewarding experience. Dive enthusiasts, for example, can find new possibilities at Ocean Cabanas, a boutique dive resort that opened earlier this year on Grand

10 Great Pueblos Magicos in Mexico

Mexico-bound travelers looking for unique experiences and off-the-beaten-track destinations will find lots to love in the Pueblos Magicos. These designated “Magical Towns” are recognized for their historical, cultural and geographical significance. With more than 130 towns and small cities now part of the countrywide Pueblos Magicos program, Mexico has plenty of spots to satisfy a variety of tastes. But since every Pueblo Magico is so different, how do you choose which one to visit? Clients he

Why Panama is a Great Destination for Value-Priced Luxury Travel

Many travelers dream of staying in top-of-the-line luxury hotels. But prohibitive prices often keep them away — especially now, as inflation drives up the cost of travel. For those who crave an upscale yet affordable getaway with an internationally branded hotel, however, there’s a place that should be on the radar: Panama. Luxury hotels in Panama City can be booked at prices that are substantially lower than identically branded accommodations in other countries throughout the Americas. So if y

Brockport native’s new memoir explores revisiting life while facing death

Mark Chesnut is an award-winning, New York City-based travel writer who was born and raised in Brockport. He is returning to his hometown later this month to discuss his new book, Prepare for Departure: Notes on a Single Mother, a Misfit Son, Inevitable Mortality and the Enduring Allure of Frequent Flyer Miles (Vine Leaves Press, 2022). Prepare for Departure is a memoir about a mother, a son, and the journeys that families sometimes must take together. It touches on complex issues, including dea
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